Speakers

We’d like to thank all our speakers for making Climate Innovation Forum 2019 a huge success!

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Alastair Mant

Head of Business Transformation

UKGBC

Alastair leads the scoping and delivery of projects to provide the built environment industry with the tools and guidance it requires to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. Current projects include circular economy, climate resilience, and biodiversity. This includes leading the co-creation of comprehensive practical guidance to support construction clients who wish to embed circular principles in their project briefs. Alastair was previously a director at a national property consultancy where he provided advice on sustainability issues throughout the property lifecycle and especially on asset management, focussing on strategy, reporting and the link to business value. He is a Member of the RICS and a Practitioner of IEMA.

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Andrew Chen

Head of Emissions Strategy

Heathrow Airport Ltd

Andrew Chen, Heathrow’s Head of Emissions Strategy, collaborates with stakeholders at the airport, the aviation sector, and the local area to help mitigate the airport’s impacts on climate and local air quality. Andrew led the development of Heathrow’s Carbon Neutral Growth Roadmap which set out the airport’s role in delivering cleaner aircraft technology, improvements to airspace and ground operations, sustainable aviation fuels, and natural climate solutions. In addition, he also provides oversight for Heathrow’s electric vehicle programme which has seen the investment of over £6M in infrastructure and the installation of more than 100 charging points available for passengers, operational vehicles, colleagues, taxis, and buses.

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Andy Eastlake

Managing Director

LowCVP

Andy Eastlake was appointed as the LowCVP’s Managing Director in 2012, after serving both on the board and as chair of the Members Council for many years. Andy has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of the latest accreditation schemes for both buses and HGVs, supporting DfT and OLEV in stimulating the uptake of low carbon technologies. He has a strong background in vehicle engineering. He formerly worked at Millbrook Proving Ground and was a Board member of CENEX the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of the Mechanical Engineers.

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Anna Taylor

Co-Founder

UK Student Climate Network

18-Yr-old environmental activist, feminist, mental health advocate and mountaineer.@ukscn1 #youthstrike4climate

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Anthony Hobley

Co Chair Advisory Board

Carbon Tracker

Anthony is a highly regarded international climate finance and policy leader. He Co-Chairs the Carbon Tracker & Chairs the Climate Action Advisory Boards. He sits on the Advisory Board’s to the Climate Bonds Initiative, Global Footprint Network & Preventable Surprises. Anthony was CEO of the Carbon Tracker Initiative until April 2019. Previously a partner and Global Head of the Sustainability & Climate Finance Practice at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright & General Counsel at Climate Change Capital. Anthony specialised in climate change, clean energy and environmental law. He played a key role in helping to design the UKs pilot ETS and developing key aspects of the EU ETS. Anthony helped create both the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK & the Businesses for a Clean Economy business coalition in Australia. He sat on the board of the Verified Carbon Standards Association (now Vera) between 2007 & 2015. Anthony holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Chemistry & Physics and an LLM in Environmental Law. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1994.

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Antony Buchan

Head of Programme (Resource London)

London Waste and Recycling Board

Antony is Head of the Resource London programme, supporting London waste authorities to deliver significant savings and improve performance. He is a waste management professional with 18+ years’ experience in local, regional and national government and the commercial sector.

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Barbara Buchner

Executive Director

Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative. Named one of the 20 most influential women in climate change, Barbara advises leaders on climate, energy, and land use investments around the world. Barbara directs the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, which solicits, shapes, and tests cutting edge climate finance instruments that resolve financing barriers hindering alternative energy, adaptation, and land use projects. Instruments from the Lab have mobilized over 1.6 billion US dollars for sustainable development in five years. She is also the lead author on CPI’s Global Landscape of Climate Finance, which has set the benchmark for climate finance tracking.

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Carlos Ocampo

Director for Biorefining

Novozymes

As Novozymes’ EMA Biorefining Director, Carlos leads the commercial and technical teams serving starch and cellulosic biofuel customers in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before joining Novozymes in 2015, he was VP of Business Development in Danish Crown, a large agri-food company and a consultant at McKinsey between 2003 and 2013. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Caroline Hutchings

SHEQ & Facilities Manager

Miele Company Limited

Caroline has worked at Miele GB since 2017 as HSEQ and Facilities Manager. Her role includes providing a suitable work environment that supports the company’s ability to focus on its core activities, in a comfortable, compliant, safe and supported workplace. Prior to joining Miele she worked as Facilities Manager and in senior financial roles.

 

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Cathy McClay

Head of Future Markets

National Grid ESO

Cathy McClay is Head of Future Markets in the System Operator at National Grid. Cathy and her team work with the wider industry to develop and drive the change in the gas, electricity and capacity markets required to transition to the energy system of the future. Cathy has over 15 years’ experience in the electricity industry working for several energy companies in the UK, France and the Netherlands where she specialised in modelling and analysis for trading, risk management and strategy. She is an engineer with a PhD from St John’s College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the IET and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.

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Chris Stark

Chief Executive

The Committee on Climate Change

Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change, the public body tasked by the Climate Change Act to be the independent authority on tackling climate change. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing emissions and adapting to the changing climate.

Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies.

Chris speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency.

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Clara Bagenal George

Senior Engineer

Initiator, London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI)

Clara Bagenal George is a Senior Engineer at Elementa Consulting and one the Mayor’s Design Advocates for Good Growth. Coming from an inter-disciplinary background she works seamlessly between environmental analysis, mechanical engineering and sustainability fields. She initiated the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) that has engaged over 200 industry professionals to put together collaborative cross sector policy recommendations for a zero emissions London. She has published articles for the CIBSE Journal and Modern Building Services advocating for positive change across the industry. Clara was recognised as the inaugural Engineer of the Year at this year’s CIBSE Building Performance Awards as well as UKGBC’s Rising Star 2017 due to her work on energy policy and low energy building design.

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Cristina Gamboa

CEO

World Green Building Council

Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council as of November 2018, is a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as one of the most effective solutions to climate change and as a means to deliver on social justice and other environmental goals, such as stopping biodiversity loss.

She previously worked as CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and also has expertise in the fields of economic research, journalism and international affairs. Thanks to her active, committed and participatory leadership, and thorough knowledge of sustainable development, the Colombia GBC met significant milestones that enabled sustainability in construction to become mainstream in her home country.

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David Addison

Earth Challenge | Group Purpose and People Experience

Virgin Management Ltd.

David works in the head office of the Virgin Group where he manages the Virgin Earth Challenge. He also works as part of the group’s purpose and people experience team across a broad range of innovation projects – including advocacy, climate action, and future food, fuel and fibre systems. David is an advisor to Carbon180, the Carbon Removal Network, to Nori: a Seattle-based venture building a new marketplace to clean up carbon emissions, and part of the community of advisors to Project Drawdown.

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Dirk-Jan Middelkoop

Manager Business Development

Peeeks

Dirk-Jan Middelkoop is constantly looking for new developments in the utility sector and has a passion for renewables. Having worked as energy consultant at a specialized solar energy company and at IBM/PWC, he joined Eneco right after the liberalizing of the energy market. He worked in multiple positions in Marketing, Sales and Innovation. Being in charge for successful projects as the thermostat Toon, hybrid heat pumps and co-founded Eneco CrowdNett (a virtual power plant based on Tesla Powerwalls). He recently formed and joined Peeeks as head of business development. Dirk-Jan studied Business Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

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Dr Angela Falconer

Associate Director, Climate Finance

Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Angela Falconer is Associate Director in CPI’s climate finance division. She leads the London office, where she oversees the work of a team of analysts, while also supporting cross-cutting strategic projects for the organization. She advises government and investment leaders on climate finance, and brings particular expertise on the land use and agriculture sectors. Angela has a leading role in the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and recently established a Sustainable Agriculture for Smallholders focus within the Lab through a partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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Elena Stecca

Global Manager for Commit to Action

CDP

Elena Stecca serves as Global Manager for CDP’s Commit to Action program and leads the global corporate engagement strategy to drive the private sector’s bold environmental action and leadership through initiatives like the Science Based Targets initiative and other We Mean Business Take Action commitments. Elena leads partnerships with many stakeholders, including businesses and investors, NGO partners, and a coalition of progressive climate change organizations. Prior to joining CDP in 2016, Elena worked for over five years in different organizations in the NGO, corporate and intergovernmental sectors in Italy, China, UK and Mexico, and holds a MSc in Environmental Protection and Management from The University of Edinburgh. Elena is currently based in CDP Europe Berlin office.

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Eliot Whittington

Director

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

Eliot leads the Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation – a CISL team that bridges between business and policy makers to bring about system wide shifts towards a more sustainable economy. He is the current Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, which brings together businesses to work towards a step change in policy and action on climate change, and of the EU Green Growth Platform, which creates a common space for governments, businesses and parliamentarians to collaborate in support of a greener EU economy. He represents the CLG on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition and has been responsible for CISL work that has included collaborations with the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, a number of European governments and a wide range of senior business stakeholders.

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Emily Hamilton

Senior Sustainability Manager

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Emily Hamilton (MIEMA) has more than ten years’ experience running environmental and social impact programmes. Emily’s current role at Grosvenor involves working with GBI’s Senior Leadership Team to achieve GBI’s ambitious sustainability goals and futureproof the business. Emily is a Board Director for the Better Buildings Partnership, as well as alumni of the UK Green Building Council’s Future Leaders Programme.  In February 2019 she was named one of 49 women in the UK shaping the future of real estate by BisNow.  Emily has an MSc in Environmental policy and Sustainable Development from University College London.

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Emily Hare

Waste and Resource Traceability Manager

Valpak Limited

With a history at a recycling charity and a local authority’s waste recycling department, Emily joined Valpak in January 2013 working in the Compliance team as an Account Manager. She is now our Waste & Resource Traceability Manager leading our Waste Tracker and Zero Waste to Landfill Certification services. Her role involves advising companies on how to remain compliant with waste legislation, guiding them to set and achieve waste target as well as developing this service to help companies’ waste needs.

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Eric Lounsbury

Director of Ventures

Carbon Trust

Eric leads the Carbon Trust’s ventures focusing specifically on venture capital, management of the Carbon Trust’s investment portfolio and joint ventures, in particular the £300 million Low Carbon Workplace property fund. Eric also has responsibility for new ventures, managing the “Sandbox” initiative to identify, incubate, and grow high-potential low-carbon businesses and spin-outs.

Prior to joining the Carbon Trust, Eric was part of the Sustainability Solutions practice at Dupont in Geneva and was previously a Senior Associate in ICF International’s Climate Change Strategy practice in London and San Francisco. Eric holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. He grew up in the Chicago area and is an avid alpine skier and dedicated jazz fan.

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Fintan Slye

Director

National Grid ESO

Fintan Slye is Director of the System Operator at National Grid.  Prior to joining National Grid, he was CEO of the EirGrid Group, the electricity transmission system operator and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He led a process of significant change within the company which included a programme on integrating renewables onto the Irish electricity grid and a new approach to public consultation and engagement. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Entso-e (the European organisation for Transmission System Operators) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland.

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Gabrielle Ginér

Head of Environmental Sustainability

BT

Gabrielle Ginér has worked on BT’s responsible and sustainable business programmes since 2009, specialising in environmental sustainability. Her work has spanned BT’s carbon targets, including BT’s 1.5 degrees science-based target, BT’s net positive carbon abatement target and BT supply chain engagement through BT’s award winning Better Future Supplier Forum.

Gabrielle represents BT in external fora such as WBCSD, We Mean Business and the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She is a regular speaker and writer about BT’s climate action journey, and has been participating in the UN’s Talanoa dialogue representing the voice of business.

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Greg Archer

Managing Director UK

Transport and Environment (T&E)

Greg is UK Director of the environmental group Transport and Environment (T&E) a Federation of 60 groups across Europe campaigning for sustainable mobility. Greg recently returned to the UK after 7 years working in Brussels where he’d led the clean vehicles campaigns and was the driving force behind a raft of new EU car emissions regulations that are now shaping the automotive industry including tough car CO2 regulations that are now driving the industry to supply and sell electric cars in Europe.  Before joining T&E, Greg was Director of UK Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and also worked as a non-executive director for the UK Government’s Renewable Fuels Agency and Cenex, a centre of excellence for low carbon technologies.  A chemist by training, Greg describes himself as a “pragmatic environmentalist.”

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Guloren Turan

General-Manager, Advocacy and Communications

Global CCS Institute

Guloren Turan is responsible for the Global CCS Institute’s Advocacy team globally, including its international climate policy activities focused on the UNFCCC and its related bodies. Guloren has extensive experience in the energy and climate fields. From 2015 to 2017, Guloren led the Government Affairs activities at the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline. Prior to this she held a number of roles over the course of 9 years at BG Group, including Head of Climate Change Strategy, Head of Business Risk for the Group and Lead Corporate Strategist. Guloren holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Cornell University and BSc Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

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Henrik Båge

CEO and co-founder

Phoenix BioPower AB

With 15 years of working in the Clean Tech sector, Mr Båge has been developing new technology for high efficiency biopower at Phoenix BioPower since 2016 which he co-founded.

Mr. Båges main career focus has been identifying new technology and bringing it to commercialization, having taken two clean tech companies public in both the UK (Gas Turbine Efficiency) and Sweden (SolTechEnergy).

At Phoenix BioPower, Mr. Båge, as CEO, works to drive both the technological development as well as business development operations of the company. The Phoenix BioPower technology, BTC (Biomass fired TopCycle), combines high efficiency biomass gasification with high performance gas turbine technology.

Mr. Båge holds a Pol. Sci from Uppsala University in Economics.

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Hywel Lloyd

Non Exec

UK:100

He is a member of the Board of UK100, the network of local authority leaders who have pledged to secure the future for their communities by shifting to 100% clean energy by 2050.  He works part-time with the new UK Active Building Centre as it seeks to transform the UK construction and energy sectors through the deployment of Active Buildings, powered and heated by the sun, contributing to both vehicle electrification and decarbonisation.

Previously Hywel was Policy Advisor to Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP (at DCLG) leading on policy incluiding Zero Carbon Homes and EcoTowns, and also Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP (at Defra) and their Ministerial teams between 2007/10. He spent ten years working as a Senior Fellow (Policy and Organisation Development) at the Office for Public Management.

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Iain Macbeth

Head of Foresight

Transport for London

Iain Macbeth is an expert on emerging trends and technologies in the transport sector. Currently the Head of Foresight at Transport for London (TfL), Iain sits at the nexus between transport solutions and the challenges that global cities face – population growth, economic and social issues, urban planning, and energy. His expertise covers drones, electric vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as emerging models such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), micromobility and car clubs.

Previously, Iain worked in a number of consultancies leading sustainable travel projects, DHL, and a large UK pharmacy chain where he was responsible for transport, security and development control at their head office campus. He is a member of several Advisory Boards and Panels in the UAM and Future Mobility sector, and also works with a number of European and International organisations such as POLIS, the OECD and ERTICO.

He is a former chair of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation Sustainable Transport Panel, and was a Director and Company Secretary for the UK Association for Commuter Transport (ACT) and the Boots Benevolent Fund.

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Ian Povey-Hall

Head of Sustainable & Impact Investing

Acre

Ian leads a team that focuses on Sustainable and Impact investment recruitment globally, working with institutional investors, fund management groups, family offices/foundations and private equity firms. In most searches they are tasked with sourcing individuals who have high quality investment skills as well as deep subject matter expertise within sustainability/impact. Prior to joining Acre, Ian spent seven years delivering on executive search mandates for a selection of world leading banks and investment management groups.  Ian holds a BA – Economics and Politics from Loughborough University.

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James Close

Head of Programme (Circular London)

London Waste and Recycling Board

James is the Head of the Circular Economy Programme for London. He has a background in sustainability and climate change and has worked extensively across public and private sectors in London, UK and internationally. Prior to LWARB, James was the Director for Climate Change at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He has also been a partner at EY and the head of the Corporate and Private Finance team at HM Treasury. In 2010, he was the author of the Mayor’s Prospectus for London as a Low Carbon Capital.

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Jo Patrick

Director of Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF)

Amber Infrastructure

Jo is Co-Head of Amber Infrastructure’s Sustainable Energy team and the Investment Lead for the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF), a £500m Fund targeting Low Carbon Projects in London established by the Greater London Authority (GLA) with funding from the European Commission.  Jo’s role is to co-ordinate the overall management of the Fund and originate projects in the low carbon sector which can benefit from the Fund’s competitive finance.  Jo has been with Amber for six years and previously was a senior lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright in the Projects team, advising both funders and sponsors in the infrastructure sector.  She has twenty years’ experience in the sector.

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Joan Krajewski

General Manager – Safety, Compliance & Sustainability

Microsoft

Joan Krajewski is a Microsoft business leader and General Manager of global product environmental and safety compliance, energy, sustainability, product certifications, and supply chain social and environmental accountability programs. Joan participates in and leads activities that seek to expand the potential of the digital transformation. She frequently speaks on the topic of how digital technologies can empower bolder, and more impactful action to increase industry sustainability.

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John Elkington

Founder & Chief Pollinator

Volans

John is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist. He is the Founder and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a certified B Corporation driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges. John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and sits on an A-Z of some 20 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled “The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line” comes full circle from John’s 1997 “Cannibals with Forks”, where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept.

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Jorge Mendonça

Executive Director, Grosvenor Development

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Jorge Mendonça is an executive board director in Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.  Appointed to lead Grosvenor Developments in June 2018, he is responsible for all GBI’s activity outside central London, particularly expanding the strategic land business.  Prior to that he ran Grosvenor’s London estate as Portfolio Director for 3 years. Before joining Grosvenor as operations Director in April 2013 he was  Network Rail’s Crossrail Programme Director. Before joining Network Rail in 2008 Jorge had a career in the British Army where he held a variety of leadership and managerial appointments, serving in Britain, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Iraq.  He has a BA in Economics from Manchester University and an MA from Cranfield University.

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Juan Pablo Cerda

CEO and Founder

Zeigo.energy

With a strong background in commodity trading & operations and keen interest in renewable energy, Juan Pablo founded Almach in 2014; an advisory firm helping large corporates deliver their renewable energy and go-to-market strategies. During this time, Juan Pablo identified an opportunity to tackle the complexity of contracting renewable energy and decided to focus on using technology to build a platform that could simplify this. In 2018 Almach was acquired by a swiss multi-national company, allowing J P to focus his attention on developing the idea of Zeigo. Using his entrepreneurial, technical experience and a great team of experts, he created zeigo.energy; an innovative platform powered by Artificial Intelligence which simplifies the process of finding and contracting the right renewable energy solution

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Julian Critchlow

Director General, Energy Transformation & Clean Growth

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Julian is the Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy with responsibilities including leading on work to cut carbon emissions while seizing the economic opportunities of clean growth, to promote energy efficiency and help achieve secure and affordable decarbonisation. His team also works to tackle fuel poverty and leads the programme for the energy industry to roll out smart meters to homes and small businesses. Previously Julian Critchlow was a Director in the London office of Bain & Company. As head of Bain’s Global Utilities & Alternative Energy Practice, he worked with senior executives in leading utilities around the world on their key strategic, operational and organizational issues. He led Bain’s work with the World Economic Forum on the Future of Electricity and is a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Energy.

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Justin Laney

General Manager of Fleet

John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership fleet of 3600 commercial vehicles and 1500 cars. The fleet is recognised for leading in innovation, and the priorities remainto reduce all emissions (including those affecting air quality and noise) through efficiency and displacing all diesel with low carbon alternatives. Areas of focus are using bio-methane in heavy trucks, electrification, high capacity vehicles, aerodynamics, and other methods based on good science and rigorous testing. Headline commitments include running all heavy duty trucks on biomethane by 2028, and achieving a zero carbon fleet by 2045.Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK. Justin is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds senior posts in several organisations dedicated to advancing clean freight transport.

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Keith Budden

Head of Business Development

Cenex

Keith is a social scientist with over 25 years experience in sustainable development, public policy and programme delivery, in the UK, Europe and Africa. Cenex is the UK’s leading independent, not for profit organisation providing advice and support on electric, gas and hydrogen vehicles and the associated energy infrastructure to the public and private sectors. Cenex runs the Low Carbon Vehicle Event – LCV, and manages the National Chargepoint Register on behalf of the UK Government. At Cenex, Keith has helped to develop a range of low emission vehicle programmes and has forged new relationships with the private sector and the European Commission, delivering clean air and low carbon mobility solutions. In 2009 Keith was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and Technology in recognition of his work on tackling climate change.

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Kirsty Gogan

Global Director

Energy for Humanity

Kirsty is co-founder and executive director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an environmental NGO focused on large scale deep decarbonisation and energy access. EFH led a delegation of the world’s most highly regarded climate scientists to Paris COP21 in order to make the case for nuclear to be recognised as a vital part of the clean energy mix and EFH was subsequently shortlisted for the Business Green Leaders “Green NGO of the Year” Award in 2016. Kirsty is also co-founder of LucidCatalyst (a consultancy specialising in climate and energy), recently commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute to lead the Nuclear Cost Drivers Study. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advisor to industry, non-profits and Government, including at 10 Downing St, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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Leo Hickman

Director and Editor

Carbon Brief

Leo is Director and Editor of Carbon Brief, a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. He previously worked for 16 years as a journalist, editor and author at the Guardian newspaper. Before joining Carbon Brief, Leo was WWF-UK’s chief advisor on climate change. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Exeter in recognition of his journalism. His books include A Life Stripped Bare, The Final Call and Will Jellyfish Rule the World?

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Lisa Walker

CEO

Ecosphere+

Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for >17 years and has been closely involved in all aspects of climate change strategy development & implementation, public policy formation, coalition building and low-carbon business development with roles at BP and BG Group where she served as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change.  Following the BG Group merger with Shell in 2016 Lisa left the oil & gas industry to become founding CEO of Ecosphere+.  Ecosphere+ is a natural climate solutions company financed by the Althelia Climate Fund and part of Mirova.  Lisa is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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Meryam Omi

Head of Sustainability & Responsible Investment Strategy

Legal and General

Meryam is responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into the investment process at LGIM and for creating responsible investment product solutions.

Meryam has over 13 years of asset management experience, starting her career as a business proposal writer for fixed income funds. After joining LGIM in 2008, she has been essential to establishing its engagement programme on key sustainability topics.

Meryam has led the launch of funds in the pioneering Future World range, as well as the Climate Impact Pledge, which is LGIM’s commitment to engage and act on climate change.

Meryam holds an MSc in Environmental Decision Making. She sits on the board of the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change and the advisory board of the Finance Dialogue on Climate Change.

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Molly Webb

Founder

Energy Unlocked

Molly has been involved with the market acceleration and advocacy for global innovation in tech, climate change, smart cities and energy for over 10 years, working in partnership with companies and cities – including Google, Cisco, BT, Living Labs Global, Metropolis – at The Climate Group and UK think tank Demos. She was a green innovation strategy advisor for Skype-founder’s Zennström Philanthropies and a jury member for numerous cleanweb and clean tech awards. Prior to this, Molly worked in software and IT product development in New York, Tokyo and London. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics.

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Munish Datta

Head of Membership & Insight

UK Green Building Council

Sustainability leader with a track record of creating strategy and delivering operational outcomes, resulting in substantial commercial, environmental, social and reputational benefits. Passionate about the crucial role every sector of society – government, business, civic – must play to create a truly sustainable world. Until late 2018, led teams to design and deliver Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) for its £4bn, 1000+ buildings property portfolio.  Currently Head of Membership & Insight at UK Green Building Council and Senior Associate and faculty at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership empowering business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. Member of the UK government BEIS ‘Green Construction Board’, the advisory board at the University of Oxford Masters in Sustainable Urban Development & trustee of Rama Foundation, a charity building capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities.

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Nancy Hobhouse

Sustainability Manager

John Lewis Partnership

Nancy joined John Lewis Partnership five years ago from the Banking industry. Nancy is responsible John Lewis Partnership’s Operational CR strategy. With her sustainability technical knowledge and financial expertise she supports the business by providing guidance to ensure Board level support. This includes helping the Partnership commit publically and financially to a net zero target and to reduce its energy usage but a quarter in 10 years.

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Nathan Gray

Head of Sustainability

Helistrat

As a specialist in Sustainability Consultancy and Resource Management, Nathan has over 30 years’ experience advising both public and private sector UK and International clients. Nathan focuses on enhancing the environmental performance of clients activities with his regulatory experience and practical knowledge.  Nathan’s goals are to improve the efficiency and performance of organisations from an economic, social and environmental perspective, to give them the right to confidently promote their endeavours and support their brand principles and ethics.

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Lord Nicholas Stern

Grantham Research Institute

Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is a member of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Financial Systems and is President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-2019). He was President of the British Academy (July 2013 – July 2017) and elected Fellow of the Royal Society (2014).  He was Chief Economist at both the World Bank, 2000-2003, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1994-1999) and was Head of the UK Government Economic Service (2003-2007). He produced the landmark Stern Review (2006) on the economics of climate change. His most recent books are “Why are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change” MIT Press, 2015. ) and “How Lives Change: Palanpur, India and Development Economics” (with Himanshu and Peter Lanjouw), published in August 2018 (OUP).  He was knighted in 2004, made a cross-bench life peer in 2007 and appointed Companion of Honour in 2017 for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change.

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Nick Blyth

Policy & Engagement Lead

IEMA

Nick Blyth leads IEMA’s policy and practice work on Climate Change and Corporate Sustainability.  In 2014, Nick led IEMA work with the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers and its merger in 2014 into IEMA. He is also Vice Chair of the International Standardization Organisation’s (ISO) Task Force on Climate Change Coordination. Nick has delivered a range of practitioner evidence, guidance and resources. These include Beyond the Perfect Storm – The Corporate Sustainability Challenge (2015), Special Report on GHG Management and Reporting (2010), Business Case Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation (2013), Driving Climate Actions through ISO14001 (2017) and IEMA’s Climate Change Position Statement (2014). He also has worked with professionals to deliver consultation responses influential in new policy and in standards developments (such as BSi PAS2050 and PAS2060 and in the UK introduction of Mandatory GHG reporting, ESOS and SECR). Nick has worked in a number of sectors including Consultancy, Local Authority and NGOs.  He is a fellow of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist.

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Nick Daniel

Manager – Energy & Clean Technology

Acre

Nick leads Acre’s Energy & Cleantech team, supporting growth and business advantage through advisory work, business intelligence solutions and headhunting exceptional talent. Nick undertakes a range of executive level assignments with clients ranging from the consulting arms of technology giants and Big 4 advisory through to utilities and specialist SMEs.      Nick holds a degree in Environmental Sustainability, focusing on topics such as renewable technologies, environmental economics and carbon finance from the University of Leeds.  Prior to joining Acre, Nick worked for an ESCO as a Business Development Manager, brokering carbon saving initiatives with the Big Six Energy Companies with responsibility for the delivery of £12million in revenue p/a.

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Nick Maybey

Chief Executive of E3G and Co-Founder, London Climate Action Week

E3G

Nick Mabey is Chief Executive of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) a non-profit European organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to sustainable development. In addition to his management role, Nick works on European climate and energy policy, climate diplomacy and foreign policy, and the security implications of climate change and resource scarcity. His previous roles included senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on national and international policy areas, including energy and climate change, and Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK. In 2017 Nick was appointed by The Mayor of London to the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC).

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Nicolette Bartlett

Global Director, Climate Change

CDP

Nicolette Bartlett is the Director of Climate Change at CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. CDP is an international not-for-profit organization providing the only global environmental disclosure system.  In her role, Nicolette is responsible for ensuring CDP’s climate change strategy is delivered, writes and oversees many of its reports, and leads the team supporting the implementation of groundbreaking initiatives such as the Science Based Targets initiatives and RE100, and CDP’s work on carbon pricing delivered as a partner of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

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Nik Gowing

Event Chair

Thinking the Unthinkable

Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable. International broadcaster. Moderator of public/private conferences (corporate/government). http://www.thinkunthink.org/

35 year analytical expertise in diplomacy, defence, international security.
– Main news presenter, the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014.
– presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
– 1979-1996 ITN : bureau chief in Rome/Warsaw’
– Diplomatic Editor Channel 4 News (1988-1996).
– BAFTA award for coverage of Martial Law in Poland 1981

Councils/boards
– Chatham House (1998–2004)
– Royal United Services Institute (2005–present)
– Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014)
– Westminster Foundation for Democracy inc vice chair (1996-2005)
– Wilton Park (1998-2012 )
– Hay Festival

Much sought-after analytical expertise on failures to manage information in new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and tension. Peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”. Predicts new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.

Ongoing “Thinking the Unthinkable” study reveals candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal”. The findings are scary. Based on hundreds of interviews, inc 60 top level confidential interviews of corporate/public service leaders, plus new generation of millennials.

2014- Visiting Professor, Kings College, London in School of Social Science and Public Policy.

Member World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.

Honorary Doctorates – Exeter University 2012; Bristol University 2015 for ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.

1994: Fellow Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

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Niki Roach

Vice-President

Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Niki is a Chartered Water & Environment Manager and Chartered Environmentalist with almost 20 years’ experience working in utilities, primarily in the UK water sector.  Niki is passionate about enabling organisations to embed strategic change and to see their wider role in the systems they form part of.  Niki has owned her own consultancy for the last 5 years and formerly held leadership positions with Yorkshire Water in a variety of water and wastewater strategic and operational roles. She is currently the National Vice-President of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) and is delighted that CIWEM will be running the first sector-specific Circular Economy Masterclass later this year.

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Ovais Sarmad

Deputy Executive Secretary

UNFCCC

Mr. Ovais Sarmad joined the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) on 1 September 2017. Mr. Sarmad supports the Executive Secretary in managing the operations of UNFCCC secretariat and its staff and organizational development, advising on a range of issues relating to the inter-governmental affairs and strategic planning. Previously he served as Chief of Staff/Chef de Cabinet at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Mr. Sarmad worked in several management and policy capacities in IOM over a period of 27 years. Prior to IOM, he worked in the private and public sectors in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (GCMA). He graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, as a Bachelor of Commerce.

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Patrick Bellew

Founder & Principal

Atelier Ten

Founding director of Atelier Ten, Patrick is one of the UK’s Royal Designers and is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with more than thirty years’ experience in the design of high performance buildings and systems. With extensive experience in the integration of environmental and building systems with architecture, Patrick has particular expertise in thermal mass energy storage technologies, environmental building design and high efficiency building conditioning systems.

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Penelope Guarnay

Lead Energy Manager

Marks & Spencer

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Professor Sam Fankhauser

Co-Director, Grantham Institute on Climate Change

London School of Economics

Professor Sam Fankhauser is Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.  As part of this role, he also directs the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), which are both funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Sam is a Non-Executive Director of CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, and an Associate Director at economics consultancy Vivid Economics. He was an inaugural member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, on which he served from 2008 to 2016.

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Rajbir Kambo

Sales Director

Delta Electronic Europe

Rajbir has background of Electrical engineering and joined Delta in 1996. During the span in Delta has developed businesses of power electronics in the field of IT, Mission Critical infrastructure OEM/OEM, Renewables power solution and in the last few years supporting business on Battery storage and  eMobility Infra Structure.

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Rhian-Mari Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Green Finance Institute

Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas is the first Chief Executive Officer for the Green Finance Institute, will was officially launched on 2nd July at the City of London Corporation’s third annual Green Finance Summit. Rhian was the Global Head of Green Banking and the founder and chair of Barclays Green Banking Council, which has developed and launched Barclays’ suite of green finance products and services. The Green Finance Institute, which is jointly funded by the City of London Corporation and HM Government, will champion sustainable finance in the UK and abroad. It will look to accelerate the greening of the global financial system and enhance London’s position as a world leader in this field by bringing together the private and public sector.

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Simeon Agada

Head of Clean Energy and Advanced Economies

BEIS

Simeon Agada is the Head of Clean Energy and Advanced Economies at the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Simeon is responsible for the UK’s bilateral energy relationship with the US, Canada, Japan and South Korea. He is the lead UK representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). Prior to his current role, Simeon was an Energy Strategy Advisor at BEIS; contributing to the development and delivery of UK energy policy. He has served in multiple operational and leadership roles in the energy industry. Simeon started his career as a Petroleum Engineer at Baker Hughes GE where he coordinated and delivered international energy projects. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and Postdoctoral Fellowship from Imperial College London.

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Stephen Farrant

Director of Sustainability

Business in the Community

Stephen was until very recently the Exec lead for sustainability and innovation at Business in the Community (the Prince’s Responsible Business network). He has worked with leading businesses across industry sectors to drive progress on decarbonisation, to start making a reality of the circular economy, and to nurture and restore ecosystems. Stephen started his career at British Airways, and has worked in leadership roles across the private, public and NGO sec.

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Stephen Smith

Executive Director SHEQ

Multiplex

As Executive Director of SHEQ for Europe, the Middle East and Canada (EMEC), Stephen provides strategic and technical leadership to Multiplex EMEC and regional businesses, driving long-term value creation, business resilience and organisational excellence in sustainability, occupational health, safety, quality and worker welfare. While based in the UAE, I was a member of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) Board of Directors and an Executive Member for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) UAE Branch Committee. I am now a member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) Corporate Advisory Board, UK Green Building Council Leaders Network and a founding member of Building Responsibly – an initiative to promote the rights and welfare of workers in the engineering and construction industry. I am also a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP – EIANZ), an Estidama Pearl Qualified Professional (PQP), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), Fellow of the Royal of Society of Arts (RSA) and a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SMIIRSM).

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Tanith Allen

Principal Consultant

Acre

Tanith leads Acre’s permanent and contract hiring across Infrastructure & Manufacturing. Since joining the business, Tanith has developed Acre’s executive consultant platform the Acre Bench, providing flexible support to clients facing some of the most challenging materiality, reporting and ethical trade issues in sustainability. Her track record includes recruitment for exec and leadership roles within international Bluechips including British Land, Ball Corporation and First Group, as well as with leading industry bodies. She is an experienced project manager and holds a Masters degree from the University of St Andrews.

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Toby Poston

Director of Communications and External Relations

BVRLA

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Toddington Harper

CEO

GRIDSERVE

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Tom Daley

Chief Executive

Carbon Trust

Tom was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust in 2001. Tom has extensive experience in the energy sector, with 16 years in commercial and operations roles at Shell, before moving into management consultancy with McKinsey and the Global Energy Practice of A.T. Kearney prior to joining the Carbon Trust.

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Tom Hayes

Councillor and Cabinet Member for a Safer and Greener Environment

Oxford City Council

Tom Hayes is a city councillor and cabinet member and a charity chief executive. As Oxford’s cabinet member for community safety and the environment, Tom is responsible for tackling polluted air, climate change, and public safety dangers. First elected as a councillor in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, Tom is also an NHS governor and a school governor, and sits on the Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Panel.

Tom’s priorities include launching the world’s first Zero Emission Zone to tackle air pollution and developing the UK’s first citizens assembly to set the journey to Zero Carbon then finalising that Zero Carbon journey.

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Tom Mitchell

Chief Strategy Officer

EIT Climate-KIC

With 15 years’ experience of working on climate change policy and research, Dr. Tom Mitchell has a PhD in climate and disaster risk management and has published widely on climate resilience. Before joining EIT Climate-KIC, Tom led the climate change team at the Overseas Development Institute, supported UN policy on disaster risk reduction and served as a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Toby Robins

Operations Director

IEMA

In 1989 Toby set up his “green” office supplies distribution business using reverse logistics to add value by back loading recycling.  By 2011 the company was described by The Sunday Times as the second greenest company in the UK; an accolade reflecting the company’s influence along the whole value chain.

Moving on to become Chief Executive of Office Club Ltd, a business providing consolidated procurement, bespoke marketing solutions and management advice to its 200+ member companies, Toby launched a sustainability-focused affinity marketing program which delivered over £1m in sales in less than 18 months.

In June 2019 Toby took the role of Operations Director at IEMA. He has Masters degrees in Environment and Sustainability, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management, is a Fellow of the RSA and a Fellow of IEMA.

 

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